Kobane May Be an Example, Just Not One That the US Intends

By: Wednesday October 22, 2014 7:47 am

Only last week, when Turkey refused to assist Kurdish fighters in the Syrian city of Kobane, even as those Kurds were losing ground to ISIS fighters, and the U.S. was directing its airstrikes against far-away targets in Iraq, Secretary of State John Kerry said while the U.S. was deeply concerned about the tragedy in Kobane, [...]

Seven Things to Watch in Iraq

By: Monday October 6, 2014 11:21 am

As events tumble forward in Iraq, here are some things to keep an eye on: 1) “Inclusive” Government A cornerstone of solving Iraq, however defined, is the formation of an inclusive government, one that addresses the needs of Sunnis, Shia and Kurds, gives each a sense of substantive participation, creates safety for each and allows [...]

Satire: ISIS First Sgt: Recruits Ain’t What They Used to Be

By: Thursday October 2, 2014 8:50 am

The ISIS First Sergeant spat into the sand. “These new suicide bomber Western recruits just ain’t what they used to be. Shoot, I quit al Qaeda for ISIS just to get away from this amateur crap and here I am stepping in it again for ISIS.” “Once upon a time,” said the grizzled veteran who [...]

Podcast: Obama the ‘Reluctant Warrior’ & Other Myths in Media Coverage of War in Iraq & Syria

By: Sunday September 28, 2014 10:56 am

US news media were excited this past week. US-led military forces began to launch air strikes in Syria, which is what they had been anxiously waiting to see happen for weeks. But with that eagerness to get on with another US war, there have been a set of myths. One fundamental myth involves President Barack [...]

Obama Administration Invents Language to Conceal Reality of War in Iraq & Syria

By: Thursday September 25, 2014 1:48 pm

One of the bothersome aspects of the war escalation in Iraq and Syria has been the commitment of President Barack Obama’s administration to using language to conceal their war plans. The White House has insisted this is not a war. The attacks on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are a part of [...]

Satire: Everyone Hates America’s New Album

By: Thursday September 25, 2014 8:55 am

Sales figures prove what many already feared: worldwide acceptance of the United States’ new album, “We Will Bomb You, Because” has fallen through the floor. “Dude, I grew up on the classic U.S. sound, you remember, democracy, equality, promotion of freedom. My favorite was ‘The Peace Corps,’ but ‘We Won’t Invade You This Month’ got [...]

Obama Administration’s Game of Geopolitical Terrorist Whack-a-Mole Expands with Strikes in Syria

By: Tuesday September 23, 2014 2:20 pm

The United States bombed targets in Syria, drastically expanding the warfront in the Middle East. America’s military forces attacked Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets, as President Barack Obama had suggested would happen during his speech nearly two weeks ago. What came as a surprise was the fact that unilateral attacks also targeted [...]

Kerry’s Pretentious Scolding of CODEPINK for Protesting Escalation of War in Iraq & Syria

By: Wednesday September 17, 2014 9:01 pm

Secretary of State John Kerry testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and President Barack Obama’s plans to combat the group. However, before getting into his remarks, he took a moment to address the pink-clad members of the peace group, CODEPINK, because they were in the [...]

Obama Has No ISIS Strategy

By: Wednesday September 17, 2014 7:19 am

Obama said a week ago he did not have a strategy to combat ISIS, and that now he does. He was right the first time.

Iraq: How Many Turning Points and Milestones Until We Win?

By: Tuesday September 16, 2014 8:02 am

Secretary of State John Kerry said on September 8 that the formation of a new Iraqi government was “a major milestone” for the country. Kerry told reporters at the State Department that the government formed on Monday in Baghdad had “the potential to unite all of Iraq’s diverse communities for a strong Iraq, a united [...]

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